Keith Strudler will assume his role as as director of the School of Communication and Media on on Monday,  July 31. COURTESY OF MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY

Montclair State University has named Keith Strudler director of its School of Communication and Media, effective Monday.

Strudler, founder and director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication and associate professor of communication, will lead cross-disciplinary communication, television and digital media programs, including production and sound, film-making, journalism, public and organizational relations, and health communication, according to a press release from the university.

The communications school will be moving into a new state-of-the-art facility this fall.

“It’s an honor to serve as the director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State,” Strudler said in a statement.

“I’ve enjoyed meeting with the school’s talented faculty and staff and share their enthusiasm for the amazing opportunities our truly world-class facility will offer. I look forward to working with them, our students and with colleagues across the university – as well as with community and media leaders – to develop and provide exceptional educational opportunities that strengthen the school’s reputation as a national leader.”

After launching the Marist sports communication center in 2011, Strudler took on initiatives such as gaining national coverage for co-branded, sports-related surveys released with the Marist Poll.

He extended this partnership to collaborate on sports polls with the award-winning HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and formed productive partnerships with external groups such as the Sports PR Summit, the Northeast Associated Press Sports Editors and Unanimous A.I.

“I am delighted to announce Keith Strudler’s appointment,” Montclair State President Susan Cole said in a statement. “As the School of Communication and Media moves into its new, state-of-the-art home, he will supply the leadership experience, academic vision and industry track record needed to spearhead its continued growth and advancement.”

During his term as chair of the communication department at Marist College, Strudler led the development of a new core curriculum that placed technology at its forefront.

One of the first concentrations of its kind when Strudler introduced it in 2002, Marist’s Sports Communication program has grown into one of the largest and most established such programs in the nation.

Strudler’s academic innovations include a certificate program in Global Sports Communication on Marist’s Florence, Italy, campus, as well as The Classroom, a weekly student-produced sports talk radio program on WGNY of the New York Hudson Valley that he executive produced.

With Marist College’s Lifetime Excellence in Sports Communication Award in 2015, Strudler began a tradition of honoring industry leaders while helping to seed an endowment for the Center for Sports Communication and its activities.

Strudler is on the editorial board of the Journal of Sports Media and is also a weekly sports commentator for Northeast Public Radio, WAMC, which broadcasts to seven states from Albany, New York.

He focuses his research on sports and media and has published on topics ranging from televised sports heroes and the portrayal of race in sports television to the use of emerging technologies in sports spectatorship.

Strudler received his Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Florida and earned his master’s and undergraduate degrees from the University of St. Thomas  and Cornell University, respectively.

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